Caroline Gumble is the first woman to hold the presidency of an Engineering Employers’ Federation regional association, having been elected as head of the East Anglia branch. She is presently director of human resources at Textron Turfcare & Speciality Products in Ipswich.
Gumble’s aims include fostering good working relationships between employers and unions and reducing regulations faced by engineering companies.
Ricardo has appointed Dr Robin Landells as business development manager for fuels and lubricants. Landells joins the powertrain engineer’s main technical centre in Shoreham, Sussex. He previously worked for BP Chemicals and Orobis which he followed with 12 years at Lubrizol.
Alain Perroy, Rhone-Poulenc’s vice-president for health and safety, is to succeed Hugo Lever as director general of the European Chemical Industry Council. He is a French engineering graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris, and has been chairman of the management committee board of CEN, the European Committee for Standardisation.
Tim Walker has been appointed technical and production director at Victrex’s technology centre in Thornton, Lancashire. Walker, who previously worked for ICI, replaces John Bamford who is retiring.
BP Amoco has appointed Dr Doug Ford as an executive director. Ford, born in Danvers, Massachusetts, has a PhD in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. He joined Amoco in 1970 and is now chief executive of BP Amoco’s refining and marketing business.
Ian Watson has been appointed to engineering services firm Beck & Pollitzer’s board of directors. He becomes director for the firm’s southern region and engineering printing division, and will be based at the company’s head office in Dartford, Kent. He was originally trained as a marine engineer and has 30 years’ experience working for Shell Tankers, Hyder Consulting, Alfred McAlpine Civil Engineering, GEC and APV.
Dr Wilfried Janke is to succeed John Kill as Visteon Automotive Systems’ regional director, Europe. Janke, who was previously director of manufacturing and supply for Europe, will be responsible for coordinating Visteon’s engineering, manufacturing and business support activities.